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    Prospective Las Vegas owner Foley says more than 11,500 seats sold


    Bill Foley (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)



    While his gamble hasn’t exactly paid off quite yet, it appears as if Bill Foley, the prospective owner of a Las Vegas NHL franchise, was right about the hunger for professional sports in Sin City.
    The Las Vegas Sun’s Case Keefer reported that, at a media meeting and question and answer period, Foley told those in attendance the potential Las Vegas club has secured more than 11,500 season ticket pledges. Supplementing those sales are another 1,000 seats snatched up by corporations with an additional 735 suite seats sold. That’s well over the initial goal.



    “To me, that’s a statement,” Foley said. “Our goal was 10,000, and we’re still selling tickets.”


    To continue selling tickets, Foley added that half- and quarter-season packages are now available, which should help the ownership group continue to bolster their season seat numbers. At more than 13,000 total commitments, it’s hard to deny that Foley was right about his group’s ability to get the necessary numbers to prove the support is present for an NHL team.



    “Las Vegas has done its job,” Foley said. “Now we’ve presented the information to the league. I’m very confident, but we have to wait for the league to respond.”



    In April, ahead of Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets, commissioner Gary Bettman refused to comment on exactly how many season seats the Las Vegas franchise had sold, but did tell media that Foley’s season-ticket drive was going well.


    “What I’m hearing is that the season-ticket drive has gone and is going extraordinarily well,” Bettman said. “When we get to the meeting in June I will report to the board as to where things stand based on the expressions of interest and we’ll figure out then what, if anything, we want to do.”


    As Keefer reported, though, there was more to Foley’s meeting than talk about ticket sales.
    It has long been speculated that, should Las Vegas secure a team, they would be entering the league in time for the 2016-17 season. However, Foley told media that he no longer believes that to be the case, saying, “We can’t be ready for (2016) in time.” Instead, Foley stated that it would take an additional year for proper preparations, meaning 2017-18 is a more accurate start date for the club should expansion get the green light from the league.



    Regarding expansion, Foley also said he likely wouldn’t be in attendance for the board of governors meeting in Las Vegas next month. Not because he doesn’t want to be there, but rather because he doesn’t believe he’ll be invited. Foley doesn’t sound sour about the lack of invitation, though, telling media he stands, “at the disposal of the league,” but would attend were he invited to the meeting.


    Last edited by UkrainianGuy; May 31st, 2015, 10:47 AM.
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    If any city gets a new franchise it should be Quebec.

    For two reasons.
    1. They had a team there and just like Winnipeg are doing everything they can to bring NHL back.
    2. Hockey in CANADA is huge and each Canadian city in the NHL has the numbers to back it up.

    This article is Retarded!! why don't they go to Bumfuck, Utah and ask if people want hockey there? Just because a city wants a team doesn't mean they just get one. The NHL shouldn't just give these away like they are candies either. Prove the product can be sustained for along period of time. Not 3 years or whatever, and doing an on line poll won't work.

    Think about it, UFC event same weekend as a hockey game!? Think the hockey arena be sold out?

    And just because hockey fans fly from Canada to the west coast to cheer on their teams trying to make the playoffs doesn't mean the sun belt deserves a new franchise.

    Deserves it. should get it.. I know this is a business. But the product has been watered down since the league expanded from 21 teams to 30. Why ain't the league working on improving their existing franchises that are failing instead of expansion of new teams? for example Florida has never seen a profit, perhaps franchise relocation is a better plan?
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